Cocktail parties are all the rage right now, striking the perfect balance between fun and sophistication, making them an equally great choice for a gathering with friends as they are for breaking the ice with business colleagues. With that in mind, no matter the occasion, the following venues are some of the best that offer cocktails in all of London.
Bird of Smithfield is a unique offering that boasts several different spaces that are equally good for intimate gatherings in their own right. There is the first floor restaurant, which can be used for exclusive dinners and events for up to 52 guests; the private room on the second floor which has space for up to 40 guests, and perhaps best of all if it’s the drinks you’re after, the Birdcage cocktail bar that makes a special setting for any personal or corporate occasion for up to 60 people. The surrounding area is certainly not lacking in transport options, with nearby stations including Barbican, Farringdon and Blackfriars.
The Fable is one of the Drake & Morgan collection, alongside some of London’s other most interesting venues. This particular space is inspired by the fantastical world of fairy tales, the iconic fables of Aesop and various influences from around the world, making for a whimsical and eclectic style. The venue has an overall bright, fresh and airy feel, with little surprises awaiting every turn. Events held here can be tailored to suit your own specifications, with special touches including seasonal food and of course delicious cocktails. The nearest transport options include St Paul’s, Chancery Lane and Farringdon.
Beat London is a private members club that is complete in the popular industrial chic style that brings a modern, trendy vibe to all sorts of different occasions, with the bespoke neon artwork creating an eye-catching backdrop. Exclusive hire can accommodate up to 250 guests, whilst other handy facilities include a fully bespoke food and drink service, unique entertainment options and the use of a late licence, allowing the celebrations to continue well into the wee small hours. There is a plethora of tube stations at your disposal, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Regents Park, making it easily reached from anywhere in London.
The intimate vibe and unique feel at Eclipse Chelsea has made it a favourite amongst locals, with the interior able to lend itself to everything from a chilled out gathering to a lively party, depending on the occasion you had in mind. Surrounded by boutiques and restaurants, it’s the ideal location for a top cocktail bar, perfectly in-keeping with the trendy ambience of the area. Full private hire is available, making it good for somewhat larger gatherings, whilst the building itself sits conveniently between both South Kensington and Sloane Square tube stations.
Found in the ever-popular area of Chelsea on the well-known Fulham Road, Goat is a DJ bar that acts as the perfect setting for receptions over cocktails and canapes. The bar itself is open-plan and split level, making for a bright, spacious feel, and benefitting from generous ceiling heights and ample amounts of natural daylight. Available for hire 7 days a week for up to 130 people, Fulham Broadway and South Kensington tube stations are your nearest transport links, both reachable in around 15 minutes or so on foot should you or your guests require to travel from across London.